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Vanilla Almond Gluten Free Biscotti
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: >40 minutes Yield: 10 to 12 cookies
1 1/2 cups (210 g) Better Than Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour (or your favorite high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour blend, including 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup (84 g) raw almonds, chopped finely
2 extra-large eggs (120 g, out of shell) at room temperature, beaten
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and set it aside.

In a large bowl, place the flour blend (including xanthan gum), baking powder, salt, and whisk to combine well. Add the chopped almonds, and mix to combine. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and almond extract, and mix to combine well. The dough will be thick and sticky. If necessary to bring it together, knead the dough with wet hands until smooth.

Place the dough in the center of the prepared baking sheet, and shape with wet hands into a loaf that is approximately 7 inches long x 3 inches wide x 1 inch thick. Place in the center of the preheated oven and bake until lightly golden brown and firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the loaf to cool for at least 10 minutes, or until only slightly warm to the touch. Lower the oven temperature to 300F.

Slice the loaf in cross-section on the bias into 10 to 12 pieces, each about 1/4 inch thick. Place the pieces back on the prepared baking sheet, flat and spaced about 1 inch apart. Return the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Flip each of the cookies over on the baking sheet, return to the oven and finish baking until the underside of the cookies is lightly golden brown (about another 10 minutes less if you want less crunchy cookies). Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before serving. The cookies will crisp as they cool.

Store biscotti at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 days. Freeze any leftovers tightly wrapped in a freezer-safe container.

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